When the Town of Pelham built its new Community Centre; there was no question that Gary and Mall Accursi wanted to contribute to the project.
The question they did have was how. A conversation with their accountant pointed the Pelham couple to the Niagara Community Foundation. By establishing the GARY AND MALL ACCURSI FAMILY FUND, which the Foundation would manage, the couple could support a facility that would improve the quality of life in their community and donate to other causes going forward. They could also do it with regular contributions, rather than a large one-time donation.
“When you get to a point in life where you feel like you can start giving back to you community, however that may be, this is an excellent vehicle to use,” Gary said. “You can build up your part of the fund and provide direction on how those funds can be used. It grows taxfree, which compounds the effects and I like that.”
At the Community Centre, the Accursis’ donations supported the second floor East Wing which houses a large multi-purpose room, the Recreation, Culture and Wellness Offices, a viewing corridor to watch activities in the two gyms, a professional warming kitchen, a cloakroom and washrooms. There have been weddings, birthday parties, music events and other milestones in the spaces, which the town lacked previously.
The couple’s contribution was a gesture of thanks to all the coaches and volunteers who worked with their own five children in various sports and recreation clubs as they grew up in Pelham. They know it will be a space that future generations will enjoy and that they will personally enjoy as well.
“As we move into our senior years, we would like to have something to go to and to be part of,” Mall said. “We wanted to support a space which would be used by all; young and old alike, including us”.